By Joshua Haar, EIT

The US EPA has revised the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone. This will impact new and existing industrial facilities in some locations.

Background

The NAAQS were implemented as part of the Clean Air Act in the 1970’s to protect public health from a variety of pollutants, including particulates, carbon monoxide, and ozone, among others. The ozone NAAQS were instituted to limit the health effects (e.g. reduced lung function and pulmonary inflammation) caused by ground level ozone in the atmosphere; effects that primarily impact children, older adults, and people with asthma or other lung diseases. While ozone in the stratosphere helps block harmful radiation from reaching the surface of the earth, ozone at ground level is harmful. Specifically, it is not easily removed by our upper respiratory tract and is absorbed in our lungs, where it can cause narrowing of airways and decrease lung function. Continue reading “New Primary and Secondary Ozone NAAQS Requirements”

Boiler Area Source applies to a boiler in a facility with actual emissions of Hazardous Air  Pollutants (HAP) less than 10 tons per year of any single HAP or less than 25 tons per year of all HAPs combined. EPA allows Boiler Area Source facilities the use of Generally Available Control Technologies (GACT) or management practices to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutant (as compared to Boiler MACT facilities explained later requiring stricter practices). If your facility is an Area Source, you should have submitted the Initial Notification Report and Notification of Compliance Status to the State and US EPA by May 31, 2013. Continue reading “Meeting Compliance Schedule and Requirements for Boiler MACT”

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Check our site http://www.boilermactcompliance.com to see if Boiler MACT or Boiler Area Source is applicable to your facility.

The January 31, 2016 Boiler MACT deadline is rapidly approaching. You must be in compliance with the applicable requirements of the Boiler MACT rule by this deadline.

Most of you have completed the Energy Assessment and Tune-Up of your boilers as required by the Boiler MACT rule. However, the Energy Assessment and Tune-Up requirement is a small and relatively easy, part of the Boiler MACT rule. More actions are required for your facility to be in compliance with the rule such as: Continue reading “Boiler MACT Compliance Implementation”

The EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulation (40 CFR Part 68) was issued in multiple stages, beginning in 1994. The regulation was modeled after OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard (29 CFR 1910.119). The RMP regulation is about reducing chemical risk at the local level. The information from the RMP aids local fire, police, and emergency response personnel in responding to chemical accidents. It also helps citizens to understand the chemical hazards in their communities. The regulation has been left relatively unchanged since its issuance.

Under the regulation, companies of all sizes that use listed regulated flammable and toxic substances above threshold quantities are required to develop a Risk Management Plan and submit the plan to the EPA every 5 years. The RMP must include: Continue reading “Modernizing the Risk Management Plan (RMP) Regulation”

The purpose of this article is to walk you through the Boiler MACT applicability, compliance dates and what regulations are applicable to your facility’s boiler and/or process heater. The full names of Boiler MACT and GACT as published in the Federal Register 40 CFR Part 63, is as follows: Boiler GACT (Generally Achievable Control Technologies), in short refers to the USEPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Area Source: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers. Boiler MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) refers to the USEPA’s NESHAP for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters.

The Four Rules

To figure what rule applies to your facility, you first need to understand the Boiler MACT basic 4 rules. Boiler MACT is used in a generalized form to include the following specific rules: Continue reading “Meeting Compliance Schedule and Requirements of Boiler MACT”

Does your facility have an air quality permit? If so, when was the last time it was updated? If your facility is not a major source of emissions, you may have an air permit with no expiration date. This can lead to situations where the air permit is 10 years, 15 years, or even older. Have facility operations not changed at all during that time? Has new equipment been installed? Are you sure that new boiler/oven/paint booth/etc. that was installed was truly exempt from an air quality permit? When was the last time the EPA or your State’s environmental agency inspected your facility? If you are a major source of emissions, you probably see your inspector annually, but if you are not a major emitter, the inspections can be much more random. Continue reading “STAYING IN COMPLIANCE WITH AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS”

Sources are required to submit a Notification of Compliance Status regarding the initial tune-up by July 19, 2012. 

On March 13, 2012, the EPA issued a No Action Assurance (NAA), stating that it would not enforce the Notification. The NAA states that it remains in effect until either (1) October 1, 2012, or (2) A final rule addressing the proposed reconsideration of the Area Source Boiler Rule, whichever occurs earlier.

On July 18, 2012, EPA extended the NAA for Boiler Area Source to December 31, 2012, or until the final rule is issued whichever occurs earlier.

For more information visit www.boilermactcompliance.com.

 

On March 13, 2012, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, provided notice to associations and group representatives of owners of existing Area Source (GACT) boilers that the agency will exercise its discretion not to pursue enforcement for violations of the deadline to complete initial tune-up required in the final rule by March 12, 2012. In addition, the US EPA recently published a proposed re-consideration of the Area Source Boiler Rule that would postpone the tune-up from March 12, 2012 to March 12, 2013. This "No Action Assurance" applies to only the timelines of tune-up and the US EPA notes that nothing in this "No Action Assurance" affects any other provisions in the Area Source Boiler Rule. The "No Action Assurance" is to remain in effect until either (1) 11:59PM EDT October 1, 2012, or (2) the effective date of a final rule addressing the proposal reconsideration of the Area Source Boiler Rule, whichever occurs earlier.